The Miss Eleanor Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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DIRECTIONS: (Island Beach State Park, Ocean County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82 B, Rt 37 East. Stay on Rt
37 over the bridge then bear right at the fork. Continue into Island
Beach State Park. Parking in section A-14,walk on the path over the
dunes. The wreck is located 100 feet to the right of the path and
approximately 150 feet offshore.
On January 4, 1988,the clam dredge Miss Eleanor developed a severe
leak when her dredge smashed through her wooden hull. Captain
Russell Stump immediately radioed a distress call. The captain, in
an effort to save his vessel and crew, then steamed for the beach.
He wanted to intentionally run the Miss Eleanor aground in the
shallow water off Island Beach State Park. After running aground all
three crewmembers were successfully rescued. Any plans to salvage
the Miss Eleanor were abandoned when the constant pounding from the
surf split the vessel at her seams. Within a few days the vessel was
splintered apart and pieces of debris littered the beach.
Today the wreck protrudes through the surf in seven feet of water.
The wreck consists of her main beam and heavy machinery. Those who
want to dive the wreck should park in area A-14, walk to the beach,
and look for her remains above the surf. As with most Jersey beach
sites divers should wait for a clam day to explore this site.
Howard Rothweiler with name
board from the wreck. Photo by Dan Berg
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